FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule #2772

Submission Number:
2772
Commenter:
Lee
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State:
New York
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FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
I always dispense a contact lens prescription after a complete evaluation has been performed to evaluate the vision, health and fit of this medical device that we call a contact lens. I do not hold a patient's prescription "hostage" because it is their right to have access to their medical information. However contact lenses are not just a consumer product that patients are simply entitled to- there are very real medical consequences to the way online retailers sell contact lenses and subvert the medical examination required to wear contact lenses in a healthy manner. I vividly remember a teenage patient that I saw when I was a resident doctor who developed permanent corneal scarring from contact lens abuse. She will never see better than 20/70! Contact lenses are a medical device that require prescriptions (and therefore routine examinations) and the FTC should enforce the regulations in place to recognize what that means. I proudly and dutifully carry out my responsibility to ensure that my patients are seeing well and that this piece of plastic that sits on their eyes all day does not impair their health. I sell contacts but I do not care where patients buy their supply as long as they have a current prescription. I do not depend on selling contacts and do not alter my responsibility as a doctor just to sell more of them. In contrast the retailer's only burden is to ensure they make a profit. They make no profit from making sure a consumer has healthy eyes nor the proper vision from their contact lenses. Thank you for your consideration, Amy Lee, OD